Report: Celtic boss Neil Lennon insists he wants to keep player amid rumoured Spurs interest

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon has admitted that he hopes to hold onto Norwegian defender Kristoffer Ajer amid reported interest from Tottenham Hotspur

Sporten claimed back in March that Tottenham were interested in signing the 22-year-old, but could now face competition from Italian giants AC Milan (The Sun).

Ajer was initially a box-to-box midfielder during his time in Norway, but was converted to a centre back following his move to Scotland and has impressed.

Tottenham could be set to lose one of their most experienced defenders later this month when Jan Vertonghen’s contract expires following Sunday’s match at Crystal Palace and it remains to be seen whether they will enter the transfer market to bolster their options.

“He’s got a couple of years left on his contract and I want him here and the club wants him here,” Lennon told The Sun.

The 6ft 6in stopper has played a huge role in Celtic’s 2019/20 title-winning season which saw him score three times in his 28 appearances (Transfermarkt).

Despite Lennon’s reluctance to allow Ajer to leave, he also admitted the final decision would be made by the club who could allow him to depart if the right offer was to come in.

“Ideally we don’t want to sell our best players and we will remain steadfast on that,” he added.

“But if an offer comes in then I’m sure the club will consider it and do the best thing possible for the club going forward.

Spurs Web Opinion

Given Eric Dier has just signed a new contract, I do not see Mourinho being desperate to bring in a new centre-back. I see our main issues being at defensive midfield and full-backs. I really do believe if we can address those positions it will strengthen the centre-backs we already have massively.

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